Broadway Star Karen Mason to Open Northern VA’s NextStop Theatre Company’s Summer Cabaret Series

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From July 11 to August 17th, NextStop Theatre Company brings incredible performances to The Industrial Strength Theatre in Herndon.

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 What a thrill to be producing the first Summer Cabaret Series for Northern Virginia’s newest and critically acclaimed professional theatre company, NextStop, under the Artistic Direction of my dear friend (and former student!) Evan Hoffman. 

Broadway star and internationally acclaimed cabaret/recording artist Karen Mason  will open our series July 11th and 12th.

The incomparable Sally Mayes, Tony nominated actress and beloved cabaret/recording artist, will perform July 26th and I Jim Van Slyke, will will close the series August 16th/17th. How about some Sedaka?!

Other artists include Helen Hayes Award winner Erin Driscoll, DC area favorites such as Tracy Olivera, Terri Allen, Bev Cosham, Cindy Hutchins, George Fulginiti- Shakar, renown Jazz artist Darden PurcellHerndon’s very own Keri Staley and Kate Merryman...just to name a few more! 

A dazzling array of artists!

Please check out the website for full calendar, to purchase tickets and read about our full lineup of magnificent artists. Click on photos and links below!

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To purchase tickets and see full calendar visit www.nextstoptheatre.org

 

Interested in attending more than one cabaret performance?
Consider one of our Cabaret Packages.  SEe link below!

 

CABARET PACKAGE DEAL (click on link and scroll down!)

 

 

 

SEE YOU THERE!!!!

 

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UPSTATE NY! IM COMIN’ HOME

HEY UPSTATE NY…IM COMIN’HOME and will be IN CONCERT!

First time in…well…A LONG TIME! Some details are below and you can go to the upcoming performances link to the right!
I am thrilled to announce that I will be in concert June 21st  (8pm) and 22nd (3pm) at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre Winton Place 3450 Winton Place, Brighton NY 14623  For reservations please call 585 325 4370.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

CHECK OUT PHOTOS FROM OUR SOLD OUT SHOW AT BIRDLAND !

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presented acclaimed singers Jenna Esposito and Jim Van Slyke in a sold-out celebration of the music of Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka in “Where The Hits Are: A Tribute to the Songs ofConnie Francis and Neil Sedaka” on Monday, December 30.

Over the past ten years, the award-winning Broadway at Birdland concert series has brought hundreds of Broadway and cabaret stars to the historic stage of Birdland, including Liza MinnelliChita RiveraChristine EbersoleTom WopatJason Robert BrownFrank Wildhorn and Cyndi Lauper. The Monday series is always followed by Jim Caruso‘s Cast Party, a rollicking, inpromptu and ‘extreme’ open mic night.


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MONDAY NIGHT BIRDLAND NYC!

Looking for a great way to celebrate the holiday season? Monday night (December 30th), we have a fantastic show planned at the world-renowned Jazz Club Birdland in New York City and you don’t want to miss it! I’ll be sharing the stage with the fabulous Jenna Esposito in our show, Where The Hits Are: A Tribute to the Music of Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka, and I truly cannot wait! Full details, including a link to purchase tickets (which are only $25 each!) below and under my upcoming performances

We debuted the show at the Friars Club in October, and my dear friend, Neil Sedaka was in attendance, which as always was a thrill! He and the rest of the sold-out house had rave reviews for the show, so Jenna and I are thrilled to be able to perform it again in another fabulous venue!

Happy New Year Everyone, and I look forward to seeing you Monday!

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BIRDLAND and NEW YORK CITY…. HERE I COME

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I am quite excited to be making my concert debut with my friend and co star Jenna Esposito at the world-renowned Birdland on Monday, December 30th, as part of Jim Caruso’s Broadway at Birdland series! Jenna and I will present  our show, Where The Hits Are: A Tribute to the Music of Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka. We are thrilled!

 We debuted the show at the Friars Club in October, and my dear friend Neil Sedaka was in attendance, which was a thrill as always!  He and the rest of the sold-out house had rave reviews for the show, so Jenna and I are thrilled to be able to perform it again in another fabulous venue!

 

Here is a partial press release from Birdland and a link below for tickets

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is delighted to announce that acclaimed singers Jim Van Slyke and Jenna Esposito will join together in celebration of the music of Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka in “Where The Hits Are: A Tribute to the Songs of Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka” on Monday, December 30 at 7pm. Fortune Esposito will act as musical director/guitarist, with David Crone on piano, Rob Broelmann on bass, Dan Weiner on drums, Frank Petrocelli on sax, with Kelly Esposito-Broelmann & Rob Langeder on backup vocals.
Neil Sedaka and Connie Francis are two of the most enduring legends in the history of popular music, and unbeknownst to many, each of them can attribute a great deal of their success to the other. Vocalists Jenna Esposito and Jim Van Slyke have been performing their tributes to Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka, respectively, to rave reviews around the country, and have finally brought them together. Join them on a rockin’ and rollicking journey through the songbooks of Neil Sedaka and Connie Francis, including hits like “Stupid Cupid,” “Laughter In TheRain,” “Solitaire,” “Where The Boys Are,” and more.

 

TICKETS

 

Where The Hits Are:  A Tribute to the Music of 

Connie Francis and Neil Sedaka

                                                                Starring Jenna Esposito & Jim Van Slyke


With Musical Director Fortune Esposito (guitar)
David Crone (piano)
Dan Weiner (drums)
Rob Broelmann (bass)
Frank Petrocelli (sax)
Kelly Esposito-Broelmann & Rob Langeder (backup vocals)

Monday, December 30th

Birdland 

315 W. 44th St.

New York, NY

Doors: 5:30 p.m.
Show: 7:00 p.m.

$25 cover + $10 food/drink minimum
Tickets: Click  TICKETS or call (212) 581-3080

MY ABSENCE & MY RETURN!

Tonight marks my first major engagement in nearly 10 months!

As some (few) of you may know this past February my left vocal fold hemorrhaged due to the steroid inhaler I was using for asthma.  It was a nightmare. I truly thought my career was over. I had to cancel so many concerts and it greatly impacted my voice studio, master classes and guest conducting jobs as well.

It brings me overwhelming joy to say I have FINALLY reached a point where I feel comfortable and confident saying

MY VOICE IS BACK!!!!!

AND WHAT A WAY TO RETURN!

Tonight at The Historic Friar’s Club in New York City paying tribute to my dear friend Neil Sedaka and Connie Francis.

 

Where The Hits Are! A new Generation carries on the great Sedaka songs of two legends!

 

I will share the stage with my friend and fellow performer Jenna Esposito, Neil of coarse and many talented musicians including my dear friend/collaborator/producer and drummer Dan Weiner… all being lead by Jenna’s Dad..the talented Fortune Esposito.

 

What an honor and thrill to be back and WHAT A WAY TO COME BACK!

It has been an interesting 10 months to say the least. I tried quite hard to keep this on the down low. It was and still is difficult to talk about and explain but I feel quite blessed and fortunate that things seem to be going in a great direction.

I recently returned to my team of amazing Doctors at Johns Hopkins and was told the vocal fold has healed and everything looks fantastic and normal.  I cried for probably 15 minutes. I am beyond grateful for them and my amazing friend, mentor and voice teacher Carol McAmis for the guidance and care! To all of my studetns family and friends who new but didnt baby me…just supported me.  AND NEIL and LEBA Sedaka for being pillars of strength for me. Neil…your guidance and advise got me thru ALOT!!!

My family has been unwavering in their love and support and so have my friends that I let in on the much guarded state/condition of my vocal chords, career and heart!

I AM THRILLED TO BE BACK

I am starting to re book shows and so many other projects are coming! Please stay tuned as I am ready to share some truly exciting news!

STAY TUNED!  A new chapter has begun!!!!

 

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Best Always

Jim

 

 

 

 

 

TONS OF NEWS COMING YOUR WAY!

It has certainly been quite some time since I have updated my site! It has been a very busy 2013 thus far and I have all kinds of exciting news to share including several performances coming up over the next several months including Los Angeles, Tucson, New York and more! Stay tuned for upcoming concert dates including a musical tribute to Neil Sedaka and  Connie Francis at New York’s historic Friars Club.  Stay tuned…Dates coming soon

IN THE MEANTIME…ENJOY SOME SEDAKA MUSIC!!!

The Sedaka Sessions

The Sedaka Sessions Arrives August 9th! Check out the promo below!